Reading List for Year 12~XIV

20 December 2012

Month 0
Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
the Half-Made World by Felix Gilman
Travels in the Scriptorium by Paul Auster
the Book of Illusions by Paul Auster
Man in the Dark by Paul Auster
This is Your Brain on Music by Daniel J Levitin
Invisible by Paul Auster
Storytelling & Mythmaking by Frank McConnell

Month 1
Arctic Dreams – Imagination and Desire in a Northern Landscape by Barry Lopez
Anatomy of Criticism by Northrop Frye
the Truth About Stories – A Native Narrative by Thomas King
Oracle Night by Paul Auster
Neonomicon by Alan Moore & Jacen Burrows
No Word for Time by Evan T. Pritchard
Canada’s Stonehenge by Gordon R Freeman
Habibi by Craig Thompson
Rhythms of Life by Russell G Foster & Leon Kreitzman
the Lost Millennium by Florin Diacu
Cycles of Time by Roger Penrose

Month 2
the Body Clock Guide to Better Health by Michael Smolensky & Lynne Lamberg
Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Skin Deep by Charles Burns
Fractal Time by Gregg Braden
the Time Paradox by Philip Zimbardo & John Boyd
In Search of Time by Dan Falk
Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
the Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell
the Dog of the South by Charles Portis
the Myth of the Eternal Return by Mircea Eliade
Magnetic Fields by Ron Loewinsohn
Black Robe by Brian Moore

Month 3
number9dream by David Mitchell
the Meaning of Everything by Simon Winchester
Reamde by Neal Stephenson
Sex, Sin and Zen by Brad Warner
Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki
Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban
Light of Thy Countenance by Alan Moore
Another Suburban Romance by Alan Moore
Embassytown by China Mieville

Month 4
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
the Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
the Dhammapada
L’Incal Tome 2: L’Incal Lumière par Moebius & Jodorowsky
L’Incal Tome 3: Ce Qui Est En Bas par Moebius & Jodorowsky
L’Incal Tome 4: Ce Qui Est En Haut par Moebius & Jodorowsky
L’Incal Tome 5: La Cinquième Essence (1ère partie) par Moebius & Jodorowsky
L’Incal Tome 6: La Cinquième Essence (2ème partie) par Moebius & Jodorowsky
the Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
Celebrate! by Margo Westrheim
Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
Freeway by Mark Kalesniko
Supergods by Grant Morrison
Vimanarama by Grant Morrison & Philip Bond
Sin City vol. 2: a Dame to Kill For by Frank Miller
Planetary vol. 1: All Over the World by Warren Ellis & John Cassaday & Laura Depuy
the Plot – the Secret Story of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion by Will Eisner
Final Crisis by Grant Morrison et al
Sin City vol. 3: the Big Fat Kill by Frank Miller
Transmetropolitan vol. 10: One More Time by Warren Ellis & Darick Robertson & Rodney Ramos
the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen – Century: 1969 by Alan Moore & Kevin O’Neill
Pussey! by Daniel Clowes
Alex by Mark Kalesniko
RASL vol. 1: the Drift by Jeff Smith
Wilson by Daniel Clowes
the Visible Man by Chuck Klosterman
Sweet Tooth vol. 4 Endangered Species by Jeff Lemire
All the Anxious Girls on Earth by Zsuzsi Gartner

Month 5
the Steep Approach to Garbadale by Iain Banks
the Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie
Ghostwritten by David Mitchell
Top Ten: the Forty-Niners by Alan Moore, Gene Ha, Todd Klein & Art Lyon
Rum Punch by Elmore Leonard
the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: the Black Dossier by Alan Moore, Kevin O’Neill, Ben Dimagmaliw, Bill Oakley, Todd Klein, Kristy Quinn, Scott Dunbier
the Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch
Hellblazer: Highwater by Brian Azzarello, Marcelo Frusin, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Cameron Stewart
Sin City vol 6: Booze, Broads & Bullets by Frank Miller
Doom Patrol vol 2: the Painting that Ate Paris by Grant Morrison, Richard Case, John Nyberg
Hellblazer: Setting Sun by Warren Ellis, Frank Teran, Tim Bradstreet, Javier Pulido, James Romberger, Marcelo Frusin
Imagining Argentina by Lawrence Thornton
Doom Patrol vol 3: Down Paradise Way by Grant Morrison, Richard Case, John Nyberg, Mark Mckenna, Kim Demulder, Kelley Jones
Great Expectations by Kathy Acker
Doom Patrol vol 4: Musclebound by Grant Morrison, Richard Case, Mark Mckenna, Steve Yeowell, Mike Dringenberg, Jamie Hewlett, Rian Hughes
Doom Patrol vol 5: Magic Bus by Grant Morrison, Richard Case, Ken Steacy, Stan Woch, Philip Bond, Mark Mckenna, Scott Hanna
Doom Patrol vol 6: Planet Love by Grant Morrison, Richard Case, Sean Phillips, Stan Woch
Empire of the Senseless by Kathy Acker

Month 6
Minor Miracles by Will Eisner
Virololution by Frank Ryan
the Curse  of the Shaman by Michael Kusugak
All the Names by Jose Saramago
Time’s Arrow by Martin Amis
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

Month 7
Wild Thing by Josh Bazell
the Missionary Position by Christopher Hitchens
Better Living Through Plastic Explosives by Zsuzsi Gartner
the Collected Stories by Amy Hempel
Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie
the Unnamed by Joshua Ferris
Subliminal – how your unconscious mind rules your behavior – by Leonard Mlodinow
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

Month 8
Luka and the Fire of Life by Salman Rushdie
Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
Blade of the Immortal vol. 25 Snowfall at Dawn by Hiroaki Samura
Morning Glories vol. 1 by Nick Spencer, Joe Eisma, & Rodin Esquejo
Morning Glories vol. 2 by Nick Spencer, Joe Eisma, & Rodin Esquejo
Morning Glories vol. 3 by Nick Spencer, Joe Eisma, & Rodin Esquejo
Existence 2.0/3.0 by Nick Spencer, Ron Salas, & Joe Eisma
Forgetless by Nick Spencer, W. Scott Forbes, Jorge Coelho, & Marley Zarcone
Shuddertown by Nick Spencer & Adam Geen
the Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
the Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
Angel of Darkness by Samuel M Key (aka Charles de Lint)
the Passage by Justin Cronin

Month 9
the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
the Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
the Rehearsal by Eleanor Catton
the Veil by El Torres & Gabriel Hernandez
the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Century: 2009 by Alan Moore & Kevin O’Neill
Dora: A Headcase by Lidia Yuknavitch
Liminal States by Zack Parsons
Zazen by Vanessa Veselka

Month 10
Nancy in Hell by El Torres, Juan Jose Ryp, Gamboa & Malaka
Hellblazer: Freezes Over by Brian Azzarello, Marcelo Frusin, Steve Dillon, & Guy Davis
Waste by Tristram Stuart
Postscripts to Darkness ed. by Sean Moreland & Dominik Parisien
the Book of Codes by Jonathan Safran Foer
Postscripts to Darkness 2 ed. by Sean Moreland & Aalya Ahmad
All my Friends are Superheroes by Andrew Kaufman
Mr g by Alan Lightman
There But For The by Ali Smith
The Lees of Laughter’s End by Steven Erikson
The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
the Hive by Charles Burns
the Underwater Welder by Jeff Lemire
the Three Incestuous Sisters by Audrey Niffenegger
Chronic City by Jonathan Lethem
A Thousand Years of Good Prayers by Yiyun Li
the Waterproof Bible by Andrew Kaufman
Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver

Month 11
Threats by Amelia Gray
Maus by Art Spiegelman
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
Monkey vs Robot by James Kochalka
the Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje
Sweet Tooth vol. 5: Unnatural Habits by Jeff Lemire
Blasphemy by Sherman Alexie
the Fifty-Year Sword by Mark Z Danielewski
Spanish Fly by Will Ferguson
Saga vol 1 by Brian K Vaughan & Fiona Staples
Mercier et Camier par Samuel Beckett
Serenity vol 1: Those Left Behind by Joss Whedon, Brett Matthews & Will Conrad
Serenity vol 2: Better Days by Joss Whedon, Brett Matthews & Will Conrad

Month 12
Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil
Both Flesh and Not by David Foster Wallace
From Dictatorship to Democracy by Gene Sharp (free downloads here)
Rachel Rising vol 1: the Shadow of Death by Terry Moore
Right State by Mat Johnson & Andrea Mutti
Forge of Darkness by Steven Erikson
the Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Signal to Noise by Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean
Pictures that Tick by Dave McKean
Storm Front by Jim Butcher

Reading List Month 12 Year 12~XIV

20 December 2012

Reading List:
Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil
Both Flesh and Not by David Foster Wallace
From Dictatorship to Democracy by Gene Sharp (free downloads here)
Rachel Rising vol 1: the Shadow of Death by Terry Moore
Right State by Mat Johnson & Andrea Mutti
Forge of Darkness by Steven Erikson
the Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Signal to Noise by Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean
Pictures that Tick by Dave McKean
Storm Front by Jim Butcher

Month 12 Year 12~XIV

23 November 2012


Mercury Continues the Race

17 November 2012

Spinning through a New Synodic Cycle.

so I’m 3 days late – forgive me, I know Mercury will.

As of Nov 17 2012, all the planets have begun their Cycle 0, in the parlance of theAbysmal Calendar. We’re waiting on the Moon to get going (on Dec 13 2012) and then we’re all set for the New Year and the launch of theAbysmal Calendar.

Mercury was at inferior conjunction, which begins its synodic cycle. Only Mercury and Venus lie between Earth and the Sun. All other planets begin their cycles at conjunction, when they are on the opposite side of the Sun from Earth.

Mercury is the fastest orbiting planet, and its synodic cycle takes an average of 116 days or so. This means that any given Year will see the start of two or three synodic cycles.

Tracking the planets as a means of timekeeping is as old as staring up at the night sky and thinking, “what the hell is that?” May as well call them gods, give them personalities, tell stories about them, and include them in our collective cultures.

Here’s some background on our friend, Mercury, and his association with Wednesday.

Mid~Quarter 3

5 November 2012

House 6 Year 12~XIV

30 October 2012

Month 11 Year 12~XIV

26 October 2012